Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 5 - Sun, Aug. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Suicide Squad$133,682,248--4,255--$31,418$133,682,2481Warner Bros.
2Jason Bourne$22,405,125-62%4,03913$5,547$103,111,1452Universal
3Bad Moms$14,004,006-41%3,2150$4,356$50,850,8362STX Entertainment
4The Secret Life of Pets$11,500,590-39%3,417-260$3,366$319,519,3705Universal
5Star Trek Beyond$10,036,030-59%3,263-665$3,076$127,737,3943Paramount
6Nine Lives (2016)$6,249,915--2,264--$2,761$6,249,9151EuropaCorp Films
7Lights Out$6,006,454-44%2,581-254$2,327$54,715,7063Warner Bros. / New Line
9Ghostbusters (2016)$4,676,192-54%2,545-507$1,837$116,588,1284Sony / Columbia
10Ice Age: Collision Course$4,325,094-61%2,738-1259$1,580$53,564,8913Fox
11Finding Dory$1,957,734-55%1,122-611$1,745$473,872,3758Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cafe Society$1,605,786-31%63166$2,545$6,695,5974Lionsgate / Amazon
2Hillary's America - The Secret History of the Democratic Party$930,025-62%672-394$1,384$11,120,9714D’Souza Entertainment Quality Flix
3The Legend of Tarzan$801,735-68%648-855$1,237$124,051,7596Warner Bros.
4Captain Fantastic$584,171-45%363-187$1,609$3,581,2325Bleecker Street
5Central Intelligence$371,126-59%266-386$1,395$126,088,8778Warner Bros. / New Line
6Hunt for the Wilderpeople$335,494-8%1762$1,906$3,469,2267The Orchard
7Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie$333,253-60%226-129$1,475$4,152,3313Fox Searchlight
8The BFG$295,536-35%234-39$1,263$52,792,3076Disney / DreamWorks
9Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates$276,936-81%297-773$932$45,082,5565Fox
10The Jungle Book (2016)$216,877-30%200-25$1,084$362,645,14117Disney
11Captain America: Civil War$207,186181%17489$1,191$407,197,28214Disney
12The Infiltrator$186,049-78%148-502$1,257$14,947,1194Broad Green Pictures
13Independence Day: Resurgence$185,593-37%165-62$1,125$102,315,5457Fox
14The Purge: Election Year$181,910-75%207-303$879$78,845,1306Universal
15Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows$135,325-38%141-29$960$81,638,67410Paramount
16Dishoom$119,575-73%1130$1,058$751,7682Eros International
17The Angry Birds Movie$96,873-34%154-24$629$107,225,16412Sony / Columbia
18Alice Through the Looking Glass$94,103-35%126-20$747$76,846,62411Disney
19The Conjuring 2$93,756-45%166-78$565$102,310,1759Warner Bros. / New Line
20Me Before You$64,011-41%103-85$621$56,154,09410Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Indignation$420,242351%5551$7,641$560,4882Roadside / Summit
2Don't Think Twice$373,556141%5752$6,554$679,4043The Film Arcade
3Train To Busan$190,913-16%367$5,303$1,075,4983 Inc. Well Go USA
4A Beautiful Planet$178,35012%33-3$5,405$4,843,07315IMAX
5Gleason$111,98322%6960$1,623$246,6012Open Road / Amazon
6The Innocents$66,329-11%49-2$1,354$851,7016Music Box Films
7Equity$54,514-34%40$13,629$172,9082Sony Pictures Classics
8Now You See Me 2$51,272-55%85-50$603$64,685,3599Lionsgate / Summit
9The Shallows$38,686-80%69-70$561$54,257,4337Sony / Columbia
10Love & Friendship$36,385-42%34-18$1,070$13,885,34413Roadside / Amazon
11Operation Chromite$31,662--1--$31,662$31,6621CJ Entertainment
12Little Men (2016)$30,368--2--$15,184$30,3681Magnolia Pictures
13Our Little Sister$29,23318%233$1,271$232,9615Sony Pictures Classics
14The Lobster$23,400-53%27-4$867$9,004,25420A24
15The Music of Strangers$21,366-43%37-13$577$1,051,5239The Orchard
16Tickled$17,317-29%15-3$1,154$549,2738Magnolia Pictures
17Elevator To The Gallows (2016 re-release)$14,334--1--$14,334$19,6761Rialto Pictures
18Hieronymus Bosch: Touched By The Devil$14,02216%43$3,506$41,0562Kino Lorber
19The Tenth Man$13,730--4--$3,433$30,9901Kino Lorber
20Cold War 2$13,481-46%4-1$3,370$533,2875Well Go USA
21Eat That Question$13,35726%196$703$265,0407Sony Pictures Classics
22Life, Animated$13,277-28%3613$369$190,7366The Orchard
23Swiss Army Man$13,156-51%24-9$548$4,134,4177A24
24Maggie's Plan$12,431-32%14-13$888$3,303,18812Sony Pictures Classics
25Dark Horse (2016)$9,83318%7-1$1,405$884,13414Sony Pictures Classics
26Multiple Maniacs$9,814--1--$9,814$9,8141Janus Films
27Our Kind of Traitor$9,453-56%15-18$630$3,108,7246Roadside Attractions
28Five Nights in Maine$9,059--10--$906$9,0591FilmRise
29Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You$8,782207%64$1,464$64,3305Music Box Films
30Miss Sharon Jones!$8,715-16%21$4,358$24,9752Starz Digital
31Born to Be Wild 3D$7,724-27%3-3$2,575$24,892,187279Warner Bros. / IMAX
32The Wailing$7,310563%65$1,218$770,62912Well Go USA
33Front Cover$6,907--1--$6,907$6,9071Strand Releasing
34Sweet Bean$5,819--4--$1,455$84,03021Kino Lorber
35The Kind Words$5,781-56%7-1$826$118,8677Strand Releasing
36Dough$5,065-12%2-1$2,533$1,142,31526Menemsha Films
37Under the Sea 3D$4,270303%20$2,135$35,067,379391Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Under the Sun$3,88512%30$1,295$72,1065
39Germans & Jews$3,685--1--$3,685$27,6139First Run Features
40Phantom Boy$3,652-61%172$215$31,4434GKIDS
41The Seventh Fire$3,26996%21$1,635$18,6473Kino Lorber
42Genius$3,033-28%143$217$1,349,5649Roadside Attractions
43Neither Heaven Nor Earth$2,836--1--$2,836$2,8361Film Movement
44Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made$2,210338%43$553$70,6588
45The Meddler$2,079-39%4-2$520$4,259,46016Sony Pictures Classics
46Band of Outsiders (2016 re-issue)$1,353--2--$677$37,65114Rialto Pictures
47Last Cab to Darwin$1,336-42%1-1$1,336$31,1999First Run Features
48The Witness (2016)$1,246--1--$1,246$146,25410FilmRise
49Summertime (2016)$1,075-69%2-2$538$30,3753Strand Releasing
50Microbe & Gasoline$1,066-77%2-2$533$61,9956Screen Media
51Paths of the Soul$725--1--$725$23,58613
52Presenting Princess Shaw$505400%10$505$56,70811Magnolia Pictures
53The Dying of the Light$45311%10$453$6,05718First Run Features
54Aferim!$411--1--$411$108,11029Big World Pictures
55Kamikaze '89$35012%1-1$350$15,04010
57From Afar$308--1--$308$29,9009Strand Releasing
58My Love, Don’t Cross That River$287-88%1-4$287$67,7588
59Saturday's Warrior$282-45%1-1$282$687,49119Purdie Distribution
60Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River$254-91%1-1$254$97,4774CJ Entertainment
61Hubble 3D$163-86%1-2$163$51,703,921334Warner Bros. / IMAX
62Sunset Song$135-89%1-2$135$157,31313Magnolia Pictures
63Viktoria$133-80%10$133$9,56615Big World Pictures
64Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$87-52%10$87$10,662,736123Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Men Go to Battle$75-93%1-1$75$13,4035Film Movement
66The Measure of a Man$75--1--$75$112,06117Kino Lorber